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Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Will my daughter's chances for receiving financial aid be higher if we don't claim her on our taxes? Household income is about $85,000 and she did not qualify for financial aid ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?

Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: free government money to help you pay for school!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 5, 2017
What’s New on the 2015-16 FAFSA?

What’s New on the 2015-16 FAFSA?

What you need to know before you file your FAFSA in 2015.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published December 2, 2014
Could You Be Giving Away Too Much on the FAFSA?

Could You Be Giving Away Too Much on the FAFSA?

What your FAFSA says about your first choice college.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published September 7, 2017
FAFSA Information for DACA Students

FAFSA Information for DACA Students

DACA students are defined as a subgroup of these undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 10, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama's FAFSA Completion Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama's FAFSA Completion Challenge

In addition to encouraging students to complete the FAFSA, the First Lady could send your school a special video message or speak at your commencement ceremony!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 10, 2014
Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Find out how different types of trust funds are treated on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 12, 2017
Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Filling out the FAFSA early has its benefits.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 3, 2017
What Income is Listed on the FAFSA when Separated Parents File a Joint Tax Return?

What Income is Listed on the FAFSA when Separated Parents File a Joint Tax Return?

I am praying that you may be able to advise me on the FAFSA application. I am a senior in high school and will file the FAFSA in October. I live ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 13, 2017
Reminder: 2016-2017 Federal FAFSA Deadline is Approaching

Reminder: 2016-2017 Federal FAFSA Deadline is Approaching

ALERT: The federal deadline to submit your FAFSA for the 2016-2017 academic year is June 30, 2017.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 17, 2017
How Can One Shelter Parent Assets on the FAFSA?

How Can One Shelter Parent Assets on the FAFSA?

Money in savings count as assets on the FAFSA and may affect financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 14, 2017
IRS Tool to be Ready for October 1 FAFSA Release

IRS Tool to be Ready for October 1 FAFSA Release

Updated tool will make the FAFSA easier to file.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published September 5, 2017
Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Money in a bank or brokerage account counts as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 22, 2017
Can You Appeal for More Student Financial Aid in the Middle of the Academic Year?

Can You Appeal for More Student Financial Aid in the Middle of the Academic Year?

My husband lost his job recently. My oldest son did not qualify for student aid for college this year except for federal loans. Is there any way my son could now ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
How Do You Calculate Individual Income From a Joint Return for the FAFSA When the Parents Are Separated?

How Do You Calculate Individual Income From a Joint Return for the FAFSA When the Parents Are Separated?

In your answer to How Does Income Tax Filing Status Affect Student Aid?, you address the question of which parent is responsible for completing the FAFSA. However, I'm very curious as ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Find out what makes an "independent" student an independent student.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017
Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

How soon after filing the FAFSA can I request a professional judgement review (without seeming overanxious)? We tried to sell our previous home last year without success. The home is vacant ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Can a Parent Count a Child in Household Size and Also Report Amounts Paid in Child Support on the FAFSA?

Can a Parent Count a Child in Household Size and Also Report Amounts Paid in Child Support on the FAFSA?

I am the custodial parent for my son and college-bound daughter. It seems like the form assumes that only non-custodial parents pay child support! However, I still pay their mother child ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
When Will the Financial Aid Award Letter Arrive?

When Will the Financial Aid Award Letter Arrive?

I am new to all of this and I am wondering how soon we find out how much financial aid we will be getting. My son has been accepted at 3 ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
What Do You Do If Your Application for a FSA ID is Rejected?

What Do You Do If Your Application for a FSA ID is Rejected?

Expert financial aid answers to all of your questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017